About 4 or 5 years, I went to the doctor and was told I was overweight, cholestrol was too high, blood suger too high and very close to being diabetic if no change. I started the 50 states 2 years ago.
When did you complete your first Half Marathon?
2008 Houston Half
Why did you decide to complete 50 half marathons in 50 States?
I like to travel, I have a friend in Wisconsin, and when I went to visit him in 2009, I saw that there was a race close to where he lives. On the spur of the moment I signed up. Later that year, i was looking to do something cool for my 50th birthday. I ended up flying to Vegas and going and running the “Valley of Fire” in Overton Nevada. After that, the 50 was on!
How do you pick which half marathon to race in?
I do lots research on the different race sites. I like smaller more personable races, hopefully well organized and have a good scenic rout. I like to look for wild life if possible. The seal in Ocean Shores was very cool!
What did you think of the Ocean Shores event?
I liked it, and have recommended it. It did have some growing pains. S friend went with me she did the 10k and we picked up our packet late saturday after flying into Seattle. They were out of the tech shirts and said they would mail us one. Danette is just starting to do the running thing and I really wish she could get hers. Other than that, it was great.
Did you reach your race goals at Ocean Shores?
I was actually injured so I just wanted to get a finish. I also do triathlons. The week before the race I was doing a crazy brick and took a pretty bad spill on my bike. Landed on my shoulder and cracked my helmet. Bruised my ribs, and hip and lots of scrapes on knee and elbows. About the only goal I had was to get in under 3 hours, because that was the time limit in Utah the next weekend.
What is your biggest challenge with complete 50 Half Marathons in 50 states?
Time and money..I work for the post office so i get vacation, but we pick at the end of January. I have to go last so i have to figure out where I would like to go and then see if I can get that week off. Plus i am doing it all on a budget. And of course I am about to turn 52, I am not a good athlete. i am always going to be at the back of the pack,but I enjoy it and want to continue as long as possible. My plan is too continue another 30 yrs, outlive the competition, and dominate my age group into my 80’s.
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